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Extremely slow Windows XP bootup

After logging onto Windows XP on a network, the PCs take over 15 minutes to load. Things that load at startup include McAfee ASAP, RightFax, and video drivers. I have tried disabling the wireless card, uninstalling McAfee ASAP, upgrading drivers, , scanning for viruses, and scanning for spyware. No viruses or spyware was found. All but one machine has had XP SP2 and the machines have been both laptops and desktops. I have noticed no or little hard drive activity when this happens. All of the machines we recieve in now come standard with XP SP2 so I would really like to find a resolution to this issue. Thanks,
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Lincoln Vaz
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d3bugg3rCommented:
Try the Following:

Alt-click (or right-click) on Network Places > Properties.
Alt-click on Ethernet Adapter connection > Properties.
Un-check "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" > OK.
Reboot.
If you need file or printer sharing, repeat the above, re-check the box and re-boot again.
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d3bugg3rCommented:
I sent this too fast, sorry.
this should drop 1 minute from the Bootup proccess.
I'm not sure if it's your first time loading when networking.
if so you should know the Proper rate can go as high as 1:40 (40 times longer then the useall)
so what you're experiancing can be normal bootup.


Also, i suggest you use the following tool, to provide you with more information about your problem
Bootvis.exe -
http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/bootvis/
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Frank2005Commented:
One other thing to check.  Do you have a large size "my Documents" file.  XP loads this as part of the profile.  You could check the size of the profile by right clicking on my computer, properties, advanced, user profile settings.  This will tell you the size of your account or accounts.  Typically if it is big it is because the size of the "my documents" file is huge.  

If this is the case then you can move the "my Documents" from where it is to just the c: drive and then redirect the "my documents" folder icon to that location.  

(If this is the case I can give you a little more detail on how to move it if you need)

Frank
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A.V.Lead EngineerCommented:
Also try cleaning out the PREFETCH folder.  The Prefetch folder is used by Windows XP to speed the boot process. Windows XP records information about each program that launches at boot and uses that information to boot faster the next time.  So Windows is examining this folder and its contents everytime you boot up and if its full it can slow down the boot up process.
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Lincoln VazVirtual Desktop EngineerAuthor Commented:
Well I haven't been able to try any of these yet since I am still waiting for the PC to finish the loading the OS. This problem has happened on machines that are new with nothing on them except for what they come with out of the box and what we load on them so the my documents folders have nothing in them. Strangely enough this has not happened to all machines. I have looked at six machines and the only similarities they share are all are Windows XP with Office 2003 loading McAfee ASAP. Now these same machines boot normally under safemode.
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MereteCommented:
looks like nortons doing a boot scan first??
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Lincoln VazVirtual Desktop EngineerAuthor Commented:
So far I've tried all of these suggestions and the boot time is the same. 15-35 minutes to full boot into XP. I just reloaded another machine and I am having the same problem. I believe it may be one of the Windows Updates or McAfee ASAP. I may have to try one update at a time.
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Lincoln VazVirtual Desktop EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I ended up finding the answer on Microsoft's website. Here is the link for anyone having this problem.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;832161
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moduloCommented:
PAQed with points refunded (500)

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